Mar 14, 11
Read from March 12 to 14, 2011
It's been a while since I've read something by Peck. As usual, he doesn't disappoint with what I look for in his books. I like that he tells stories from an earlier time, that he brings value to simpler lives. There is no grand plot that must be resolved in this book. The characters don't have grand flaws. Instead, you get a book with likable characters and you get to see a slice of their lives. In this instance, it's Russell's dreams for his future and his sister's efforts to become a good teacher in their little one-room schoolhouse. It's nice to have these voices available to younger readers. It's also nice to have a plot that doesn't seem extraordinary. As much as I enjoy those novels, it's nice to return to basic storytelling.